Dacia Manifesto: ideas that can inspire future models

Dacia Manifesto: ideas that can inspire future models


What has hurt Dacia? Known for its scientific models, the manufacturer unveils an unexpected concept car on the sidelines of the Paris Motor Show. Called the Manifesto, it looks more like a minivan than an actual car. It has no doors or windshield. And its lights are replaced by a powerful and unique flashlight. “With this concept car, we wanted to explore the values ​​of the Dacia brand and go straight for it,” says David Durand, Dacia’s design director.

Conceived in just six months – while a project of this size usually requires at least a year of work – the Manifesto concept will never see the light of day. But a model is never free for a manufacturer, even more so for a brand like Dacia which is not the type to waste its money. “The manifesto is a kind of repository of ideas that will help us develop our creativity for our future models,” explains David Durand. Clearly, the Manifesto concept gives some indication of certain choices made by Dacia for its future models. Here are some examples.

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The most valuable recycled plastic

Recycled plastic isn’t necessarily the prettiest thing in a car. This is why Dacia used it until now on parts of the so-called invisible models. But that was before Starkle arrived. Starkle is a new recycled material developed by Dacia engineers with an even more impressive appearance. “The idea is to have a piece that’s pleasing to the eye, with a speckled effect,” says David Durand.

The Manifesto Concept has this new material, even on the visible parts of the bodywork. And the results are far from unpleasant. The manufacturer has already planned to use it for its future Duster, whose share of recycled plastic will be around 20%, according to the brand.

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Full season roof

The new Sandero standard roofs are a huge hit with customers. The Manifesto model takes the concept even further by revealing a full modular roof. “We tried to innovate by proposing a system of sides that allow all kinds of things to be transported on the roof”, points out David Durand. “There is also a practical side because it allows you to deal with different sizes of loads”. This new system also reinforces the adventurous side of the car, a theme that the manufacturer will seek to strengthen more on its future products. At the moment, this classic roof is still in the prototype stage, but David Durand assures us: “It is an idea that we will keep and try to apply to the production car”.

In the same model, Dacia has developed a system for locking the straps on the sides of the doors. “It’s lightweight and also allows you to put the things you want,” David Durand explains. “We can well imagine getting this kind of innovation in the trunk of the future Jogger”.

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“Waterproof” interior.

The designers at Dacia have imagined a very refined interior in which the seat upholstery can be removed and can be converted into a sleeping bag. “We all came from a concept but in reality it is not true for a production car”, realizes David Durand. “On the other hand, the washable upholstery and sealing of the cabin is something we are working on”. Dacia’s design boss goes further to say that a new exterior design with a washable interior will be offered to all models in mid-2023.

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